Donkey Stories in Ireland

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Donkeys are not stubborn!

Donkeys are not stubborn!

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IDS Winners at 2020 Virtual Online Shows

RDS Winners Rosette

The Irish Donkey Society’s members played a huge role in a number of Virtual Shows that happened in 2020, being winners and runners up in many categories.

RDS Virtual Show

The Donkey Exhibition on the Sunday took place virtually on Facebook, we were overwhelmed with the 47 entries, from all over Ireland. From both members and non-members. The RDS finalists on the Sunday were, Clare Heneghan x2 made the shortlist. Marnie Squires, Caroline Giles-Lee x4 made shortlist and Suzi Truesdale x2. The overall winner was Suzi Truesdale, with Ratallagh Daisy, an 8 year […]

Kinedale Donkeys’ Latest Arrivals

Kinedale Donkeys’ Latest Arrivals

Kinedale Lord of Telmar – Caspian

Baby Caspian was born on the 11th June 2020, at around 22:50. Donkey foals are generally born in the early hours of the morning and we were on a restricted sleep schedule for 3 weeks!

Thus, a final check before bed and spotting a little wet long-eared baby was a very welcome sight. His mother, Silver Jubilee of Kinedale (Meg) is 13 years old and this is her first foal with us. We were not sure how protective nor how maternal a mother she was, so there was an extra level […]

Meet Some Of Our New & Existing Members!

The Irish Donkey Society has a wonderful, dedicated and donkey loving mix of members, some of whom have been with us for many years and some who are new to fold,

We wanted to introduce them to you and give you a little flavour of our membership so this month we are so happy to share Mairead and Amanda’s stories with you.

Mairead Lynch’s interest in donkeys goes back to the 1960’s in Co Donegal and you can read more of her story and see some photos by clicking here.

Amanda Wallace was born and […]

An Ode to Balmoral – a poem by Becky Figueira

An Ode to Balmoral

Donkey rescued after being found with ‘deep’ wound and tied up in south Dublin field

A DONKEY HAS been rescued in south Dublin after being allegedly raffled and whipped.

A spokesperson for the My Lovely Horse Rescue charity said they were made aware on Sunday of videos of the donkey, which has been named Mac, allegedly being whipped and dragged along the road in the Ballyfermot and Clondalkin area.

The spokesperson said they had also received reports of the donkey being raffled off.

Following a search by a number of volunteers, the donkey was found tied to a bollard with a “pretty deep” wound on his leg in the Liffey Valley area.

The spokesperson said […]

Christmas ’20 stories & photos from Kinedale Donkeys

On Saturday 28th November we drove the donkey, Remus into Ballynahinch town to collect a Christmas Tree from a new small nursery and coffee shop, Blue Cedar. Remus also went and collected livestock feed in the slipe and towed it home. Bringing many smiles to folk of the town and lots of pictures were taken by passersby.

From 1st December we have begun “Elf on the Shelf”, everyday the elf will be photographed being naughty around the yard with the various animals. People can follow our Facebook page to see the latest shenanigans.

Today, 2nd December, Remus and Hobnob ventured […]

Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club – Donkey and Sheep – Grass Court Maintenance in the 1890s

We would not normally think of associating Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club with donkeys, but back in the 1890s Fitzwilliam bought a donkey! The minutes of the Fitzwilliam committee meeting on Wednesday 15th April 1891 record: Resolved “That the Ground Committee be authorised to purchase a Lawn Tennis ground mower and a donkey to draw same, for the grass courts and to make all arrangements with reference thereto”.

View the whole PDF article by clicking here or read on below.

My Dublin Horse Show, Noel Mullins – featuring the IDS Donkey Parade

RDS Library Speaker Series presentation

In his recent RDS Library Speaker Series presentation, he features the Irish Donkey Society Donkey Parade at the RDS Show. You can watch this clip and the full presentation in the video below or view it online at

Noel Mullins from County Galway in the West of Ireland has had a lifelong association with horses and ponies through participating in a variety of equestrian disciplines.

As a photo journalist his work has been published in The Irish Field, The Irish […]

Increase in abandoned donkeys due to Covid crisis

It began when Danny and Sandra Curran took in a starving donkey which a friend had found tied to an old car in a bog and grew into a sanctuary which now cares for almost a hundred donkeys at Castledooey near Raphoe in Donegal.

However, Covid-19 has hit the Donegal Donkey Sanctuary a double blow and “on the brink of a financial crisis”.

Forced to close its gates to visitors, the sanctuary has no income to feed and care for the animals.

On top of that, the Currans say, there has been an increase recently in the number of […]

IDS Members Professor Michael & Juliet Stephens with Miss April featured in the Panorama magazine

Local Celebrity Donkey

In 2018, on a glorious sunny Good Friday morning, we gathered in Kilternan for the traditional walk to Glencullen, on “The Way of the Cross”. As we walked in quiet contemplative mood chatting quietly and praying intermittently, the morning was suddenly shattered with a loud braying “Hee Haw! Hee Haw!” We were being treated to a royal welcome by Miss April and her friends, who were startled at the unusual activity on their normally quiet stretch of road frontage.

Little did we know it, but the attractive lady donkey leading this welcome was a “celebrity […]

Equine therapy home visits ‘a joy’ for children in Dublin

RTE News | 3rd July 2020
By Eleanor Mannion

An education centre for blind and multi-disabled children has started equine therapy home visits for youngsters who had been missing their sessions due to the lockdown.

The equine therapy unit of charity ChildVision in Drumcondra, Dublin, usually offers equine assisted occupational therapy at an outdoor arena and at its sensory trail, but the centre has been closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic.Equine assisted therapy involves the use of horses and equine-related activities to achieve therapeutic goals such as enhancing physical, emotional, social, cognitive, behavioural and […]

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